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NEW REPORT TRACKS POLICY PROGRESS ON EXPANDING K-12 COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION
April 2017

A new report describing the progress of U.S. states in achieving 10 policy priorities for improving and expanding K–12 computer science (CS) education was released today at a national workshop led by Google, EDC, and the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) on Google’s Cambridge campus. The report highlights key strategies and issues state leaders must address regarding CS education.

A group of leading CS education organizations co-authored State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K–12 Computer Science Education, with funding from BNY Mellon. The group includes the following:

      • EDC
      • Code.org
      • Education Commission of the States
      • NSF BPC Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance
      • Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN)
      • SageFox Consulting Group 

Click here to read the full press release.

Click here to download State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K–12 Computer Science Education.

GOVERNOR'S PARTNERSHIP FOR K-12 COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computing is a fundamental part of daily life, commerce, and just about every occupation in our modern economy. It is essential that students be exposed to the field of computer science in our K-12 system—as it is foundational in transforming the way students think about the world. Computer science teaches them not only about technology, but also about how to approach problems differently. Computer science puts students on the path toward some of the highest-paying, fastest-growing jobs in America.

Governor Ducey recognizes the essential roles of state leaders in advancing policy and allocating funding to expand K-12 computer science in our states and the importance of working collaboratively and efficiently with other state leaders to identify challenges and share promising practices.

To that end, Governor Ducey has announced his participation in the Governor's Partnership for K-12 Computer Science to work toward the following policies that will help meet the goal of increasing access to K-12 computer science in Arizona. Governor Ducey joins co-chairs Governor Asa Hutchinson (AR) and Governor Jay Inslee (WA), along with Governor Gina Raimond (RI), Governor Branstad (IA), Governor Terry McAuliffe (VA), Governor Brian Sandoval (NV) and Governor Butch Otter (ID) to work toward the three following policy priorities:

        • Enable all high schools to offer at least one rigorous computer science course; 
        • Fund professional learning opportunities so teachers can be prepared to teach these courses; and, 
        • Create a set of high-quality academic K-12 computer science standards to guide local implementation of courses.

Partnership members commit to work toward the three policy priorities listed above by engaging with Code.org and other partners to identify the appropriate institutions that have jurisdiction over these matters and creating plans for how to accomplish these goals. This may include creating task forces within the state that will be responsible for guiding the state toward these goals, working on legislative efforts, and including these items as a priority in the state budget.

The Partnership will also share best practices for computer science education reform, and advocate for federal policies that support the expansion of, and access to, K-12 computer science, including funding opportunities, flexibility, and policy change. The Partnership will raise awareness of state efforts to expand computer science education, focused on the 3 priority policy areas, both among Partnership members and to the public via the Partnership website. State plan development, task force creation, and other iterative steps in the policy and funding process will be reported as “working towards” goals in status updates. Legislative efforts, budget proposals, executive orders, and other policy advances will be tracked and shared, as well.

Code.org will provide the Partnership with resources related to best practices in policy and programs, and will facilitate collaboration among Governors and their staff, in person and virtually.